Friday, August 03, 2012

my two mothers

2007

2007
 Ned's mother died in October 2006, my mother died in May 2007.  In the summer of 2007, I wrapped this beautiful but dead white pine in memory of my two mothers.
2008

2009

2010

2010

2011

2012
It takes five years to write a poem.
"you shatter it down until you get to a line - a word"  Leonard Cohen

14 comments:

Peggy said...

Beautiful. I think of living a life -- how it takes a lifetime to get to the line, the word. Here's to your mothers. xo

india flint said...

i have to echo...beautiful is indeed the word.

over the rainbow said...

That was my word too.....Beautiful. Condensation....that is another. Blessings to our Mothers all. ox

deanna7trees said...

yes, beautiful...to all of our mothers.

Nancy said...

Yes. This is fine, meaning beautiful. But I have to say, on first reading I read it as "sheltering down" and I like that just as well. It's as if the poem is in us, somewhere and we must hold it for a while first. Maybe in our sheltering we are also shattering.
A toast to all of our mother's, always with us.

Ms. said...

More memorial than sarcophagus or words carved in stone--this profound monument visited each year.

wholly jeanne said...

I love the way you mourn, the way you memoralize. I 'spect it takes (at least) 5 years to unlearn all but the most important, all but the necessary words.

Velma said...

he might be right

ronnie said...

oh this is poignant and amazing xxxxx

mansuetude said...

Profound.

My dad passed early summer, I am profoundly moved, opened.

thank you again

Mo Crow said...

namaste Judy... your work goes deep

montse llamas-artsandcats said...

This post has touched me today because I do not get along with my mother recently. Relationships between mothers and daughters are not always easy.
Your feelings have made me forget my bad feelings.

April said...

this feels very true.

deemallon said...

lovely memorial...